Conn. Lawmakers pass bill to punish people who upload ‘revenge porn’

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HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut lawmakers are attempting to update the state’s anti-voyeurism law to include other practices, including so-called revenge porn.

Rep. William Tong said “technology has enhanced and enabled new forms of crime and criminality.”

Voyeurism is currently a Class D felony, punishable by up to five years in prison. Under a bill that cleared the House of Representatives unanimously early Wednesday, voyeurism would become a Class C felony when the victim is under age 16 or the offender has various prior convictions.

A Class C felony is punishable up to 10 years in prison.

The bill, defines revenge porn and upskirting as voyeurism offenses. Revenge porn involves disseminating intimate pictures without the other person’s permission. Upskirting refers to photographing the view up a woman’s skirt.

The bill awaits Senate action.